Joseph De Santis

Title/Position: Associate Professor

Profile:
An assistant professor at the University of Miami School of Nursing and Health Studies. His clinical specialties include pediatric nursing and HIV/AIDS nursing. Dr. De Santis conducts research on HIV and HIV risk in vulnerable populations. He is president of the Metro-Miami Association of Nurses in AIDS Care (ANAC) and serves as a clinical consultant with the HRSA HIV/AIDS Bureau. Dr. De Santis teaches nursing and health care of infants and children, growth and development, and human sexuality. He completed a MSN in parent-child nursing at the Medical University of South Carolina and a PhD in nursing from Barry University.

Credentials
Joseph De Santis, PhD, ARNP, ACRN

Education
BSN, Nursing, West Virginia University, 1988
MSN, Parent-Child Nursing, Medical University of South Carolina, 1996
PhD, Nursing, Barry University, 2006

Certifications / Licensure
ARNP (Pediatric Nurse Practitioner), State of Florida Department of Health
ACRN, HANCB-HIV/AIDS Certification Board
Clinical Specialties
Pediatric Nursing
HIV/AIDS Nursing

Primary Teaching Areas
Nursing Care of Infants and Children
Primary Health Care of Infants and Children
Growth and Development with Nursing implications
Human Sexuality

Research and Academic Interests
HIV and HIV Risk in Vulnerable Populations

Research Grants (selected)
Health risks of transgender  women of South Florida. Aqua Foundation for Women.  (2011-2012)
Hispanic cultural factors and high risk sex among Hispanic MSM.  Center for AIDS Research.  (2011-2012). (5P30 AI073961)
Violence, Drugs and Intimate Relationships among Hispanic men (VIDA-II).  Funded by University of Texas at El Paso School of Nursing.  Funded by UTEP P20 (5P20MD002287)

Publications (selected)

De Santis, J., Gonzalez-Guarda, R.M., Vasquez, E. & Deleon, D. (In press). The tangled branches (las ramas enredadas): Sexual risk, substance abuse, and intimate partner violence among hispanic men who have sex with men. Journal of Transcultural Nursing. doi: 10.1177/1043659613504110

De Santis, J.P., & DeLeon, D.A. (2013). Clients’ perspectives of the relationship of vulnerability and resilience in the context of HIV infection. Issues in Mental Health Nursing, 34, 300-308. doi: 10.3109/01612840.2012.746410

De Santis, J.P., Florom-Smith, A., Vermeesch, A., Barroso, S. & De Leon, D. (2013). Motivation, management, and mastery: A theory of resilience in the context of HIV infection. Journal of the American Psychiatric Nurses Association, 19(1), 36-46. doi: 10.1177/1078390312474096. PMCID: PMC3773721

Gonzalez-Guarda, R.M., De Santis, J. & Vasquez, E. (2013). Sexual orientation and demographic, cultural and psychological factors associated with the perpetration and victimization of intimate partner violence among hispanic men. Issues in Mental Health Nursing, 34(2), 103-109. doi:10.3109/01612840.2012.728280. PMCID: PMC3563281

De Santis, J. P. (2012). How do the sexual behaviors of foreign-born hispanic men who have sex with men differ by relationship status? American Journal of Men's Health, 6(1), 6-17. doi:10.1177/1557988311403299

De Santis, J., Gonzalez-Guarda, R. M., & Vasquez, E. P. (2012). Psychosocial and cultural correlates of depression among hispanic men with HIV infection: A pilot study. Journal of Psychiatric and Mental Health Nursing, 19(10), 860-869. doi:10.1111/j.1365-2850.2011.01865.x. PMCID: PMC3345319

De Santis, J. P., Layerla, D. M., Barroso, S., Gattamorta, K. A., Sanchez, M., & Prado, G. J. (2012). Predictors of eating attitudes and behaviors among gay hispanic men.Archives of Psychiatric Nursing, 26(2), 111-126. doi:10.1016

De Santis, J. P., Provencio-Vasquez, E., DeLeon, D. A., & Gonzalez-Guarda, R. M. (2012). Relationships as risk for HIV infection: High risk sex, substance abuse, and violence among hispanic men who have sex with men.Horizonte De Enfermeria., 23(1), 27-39.

De Santis, J. P., Provencio-Vasquez, D., McCabe, B., & Rodriguez, R. A. (2012). Predictors of HIV knowledge among hispanic men. Hispanic Health Care International, 10(1), 7-17. doi:10.1891/1540-4153.10.1.7

Florom-Smith, A. L., & De Santis, J. P. (2012). Exploring the concept of HIV-related stigma. Nursing Forum, 47(3), 153-165. doi:10.1111/j.1744-6198.2011.00235.x. PMCID: PMC3753798

De Santis, J., Arcia, A., Vermeesch, A., & Gattamorta, K. A. (2011). Using structural equation modeling to identify predictors of sexual behaviors among hispanic men who have sex with men. The Nursing Clinics of North America, 46(2), 233-248. doi:10.1016/j.cnur.2011.02.010

De Santis, J., & Barroso, S. (2011). Living in silence: A grounded theory study of vulnerability in the context of HIV infection. Issues in Mental Health Nursing, 32(6), 345-354. doi:10.3109/01612840.2010.550018

De Santis, J., & Vasquez, E. P. (2011). A pilot study to evaluate ethnic/racial differences in depressive symptoms, self-esteem, and sexual behaviors among men who have sex with men. Journal of Gay & Lesbian Social Services, 23(2), 147-164. doi:10.1080/10538720.2011.557853

Maturo, D., Powell, A., Major-Wilson, H., Sanchez, K., De Santis, J., & Friedman, L. B. (2011). Development of a protocol for transitioning adolescents with HIV infection to adult care. Journal of Pediatric Healthcare, 25(1), 16-23. doi:10.1016/j.pedhc.2009.12.005

Vasquez, E. P., Gonzalez-Guarda, R. M., & De Santis, J. (2011). Acculturation, depression, self-esteem, and substance abuse among hispanic men. Issues in Mental Health Nursing, 32(2), 90-97. doi:10.3109/01612840.2010.528169. PMCID: PMC3182478

Presentations (selected)
De Santis, J.P., & Provencio-Vasquez, E. (2013, February). A comparison of sexual risk behaviors of Hispanic men by sexual orientation.  Poster presented at the 27th Annual Conference of the Southern Nursing Research Society, Little Rock, AR.

De Santis, J.P., Valdes, B., Provencio-Vasquez, E., Patsdaughter, C.A., & Gattamorta, K.A. (2012, December). A comparison of substance use and abuse behaviors of Hispanic men by sexual orientation. Poster presented at the  2012 Summit on the Science of Eliminating Health Disparities, National Harbor, MD.

De Santis, J.P., Provencio-Vasquez, E., Gonzalez-Guarda, R.M., & Deleon, D.A. (2012, September). Relationships as risk for HIV infection:  High risk sex, substance abuse, and violence among Hispanic men who have sex with men.  The Council for the Advancement of Nursing Science’s 2012 State of the Science Congress on Nursing Research, Washington, DC. 

De Santis, J.P. (2012, September). Development of a program of research to prevent HIV infection among sexual minorities.  Poster presented at the XIII Pan American Nursing Research Colloquium, Miami Beach, FL.

De Santis, J.P. (2011, November). A qualitative examination of vulnerability and resilience in the context of HIV infection.  Poster presented at the Association of Nurses in AIDS Care 24th Annual Conference, Baltimore, MD.

De Santis, J.P., Gonzalez-Guarda, R.M., & Provencio-Vasquez, E.P. (2011, November). Psychosocial and cultural correlates of depression among Hispanic men with HIV infection:  A pilot study.  Poster presented at the Association of Nurses in AIDS Care 24th Annual Conference, Baltimore, MD.

De Santis, J.P., Garcia, A., Scott, G.B., Chaparro, A., Formul, D., & Velasquez, Y. (2011, November). Adolescence interrupted:  The impact of perinatally-acquired HIV infection on adolescents and young adults.  Oral presentation at the Association of Nurses in AIDS Care 24th Annual Conference, Baltimore, MD.

De Santis, J.P., Florom-Smith, A.L., & Vermeesch, A.L. (2011, July).  Management and Mastery:                A Grounded Theory Study of Resilience in the Context of HIV Infection.  Poster presented at the Sigma Theta Tau 22nd International Research Congress, Cancun, Mexico.

De Santis, J.P., Barroso, S., & Florom-Smith, A.L. (2011, July). Living in Silence:  A Grounded Theory Study of HIV-related Vulnerability.  Poster presented at the Sigma Theta Tau 22nd International Research Congress, Cancun, Mexico.

Florom-Smith, A.L., & De Santis, J.P. (2011, July). Stigma with the Context Of HIV:  Exploring the Concept.  Sigma Theta Tau 22nd International Research Congress, Cancun, Mexico.

De Santis, J.P., Gonzalez-Guarda, R., & Vasquez, E.P. (2011, July). Predictors of depression among Hispanic Men with HIV Infection. World Academy of Nursing Science 2nd  Internationational Nursing Research Conference, Cancun, Mexico. 

Major Accomplishments / Honors
2009 National Center for HIV, STD, and TB Prevention, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) National HIV Prevention Conference Scholarship

2009-present: Clinical Consultant, HRSA HIV/AIDS Bureau 2008-2009: President Elect, HIV/AIDS Nursing Certification Board (HANCB)

2008-present: President, Metro-Miami Association of Nurses in AIDS Care (ANAC)

2004-2007: Consultant with AIHA, Pediatric Antiretroviral Training in Ukraine and Russia

2002, 2003, 2004: HIV-related Anemia Case Study Award, Ortho-Biotech


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